Born in Sussex in the early 7o's, Mark is the product of a parental fusion that draws heavily on Spanish and Irish forebears; a combination of cultures steeped in musical tradition. Although captivated by poetry during his formative years, musically, he was something of a late starter. However, the creative urge was always there, and he eventually took up guitar in 1989 because I just happened to drive past a shop selling guitars, and had the money on me to buy one it could just as easily have been a garden centre, and I might have bought a shovel.
During his musical career Mark has played in the USA, Holland, Belgium and France in self-supporting tours organised by himself. He has also headlined at venues in London (Mean Fiddler) and across southern England (CAMRA Festivals) as the frontman of Electric Circus - a psychedelic blues fusion band playing original material. In various guises he has appeared on Power FM 103.2, in Hampshire, Spirit FM 106.6, in Sussex, and on Farnborough College Radio. He was also recently filmed by Meridian TV as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival with New York beat poet Sage.
The last two years have been spent finishing an Arts degree at Southampton University and studying to be a mathematics teacher, and finally putting down to CD a collection of his own songs, playing all the instruments and doing all the production himself. The resultant package is as musically diverse as the influences he draws upon, pulling together traditional delta blues, English folk, a bit of jazz, and elements of the kind of soul that influenced the eclectic talents of Jimi Hendrix and Van Morrison.
Mark is faithfully supported by a broad assortment of characters, of all ages, who yearn for sweet, melodic grooves, appreciate the nineties, and still have one ear on the roots from whence they came. As Kingsby, The Word's music critic put it after seeing a performance, I've never seen an act like it the whole crowd just stopped what they were doing and watched...
Uploaded by Jason Scott on